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FA­VORITE The Low-key Pot­tinger UR­BAN luxe HO­TEL and in Hong in such Kong: a great lo­ca­tion.

TRAVEL White MUST-HAVES sneak­ers, a cross-body bag night, that and can Google go from Maps. day to

VA­CA­TION Not any SPOT one par­tic­u­lar place. The best va­ca­tions en­tail dis­cov­er­ing some­thing new, im­mers­ing in his­tory, and see­ing good art.

PLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT Ghent, to see Jan van Eyck’s al­tar­piece.

WAY TO RE­JU­VE­NATE

Get­ting on the tread­mill to re­lease those en­dor­phins.

FIT­NESS REG­I­MEN

An al­most daily run, weights, and I’ve just got­ten into yoga.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

To quote Jon Bon Jovi:

It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live for­ever I just want to live while I’m alive

GUILTY PLEA­SURES

Aside from my fa­vorite web­site, read­ing the Daily

Mail and choco­late.

ONE THING FEW PEO­PLE KNOW ABOUT YOU I’m a his­tory geek, with spe­cial fo­cus on the Kennedys and English his­tory, par­tic­u­larly the Re­gency pe­riod.

FA­VORITE DISH

Siomai.

MUST-HAVE ITEM ON YOUR DIN­NER TA­BLE Veg­gies. DESSERT Green tea?

FA­VORITE PLACE TO CEL­E­BRATE Spe­cial oc­ca­sions have been marked with fam­ily din­ners at home, catered by Kai or Cibo.

DRINK/COCK­TAIL OF CHOICE

Gin and tonic, vodka on the rocks, or some white Bur­gundy.

DREAM DIN­NER GUESTS

Ai Wei Wei, Roberta Smith (the art critic of the New

York Times), mega gal­lerist David Zwirner, and Raf Si­mons. Ob­vi­ously, if this ever hap­pens, I’m as good as in­vis­i­ble.

WRITER OR BOOK

Jane Austen, Per­sua­sion. FILM Mer­chant and Ivory’s Room With a View. FA­VORITE FORM OF EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Spend­ing the day in a mu­seum and do­ing gallery hops, not to men­tion check­ing out ma­jor art fairs.

WHAT’S CUR­RENTLY ON YOUR MU­SIC PLAYLIST? Mu­sic I can run to: Bruno Mars and The Killers are the best for get­ting me through that last K.

FA­VORITE AC­TOR OF ALL TIME

Ge­orge Clooney! MOST TREA­SURED POS­SES­SION

How can I not an­swer my hus­band and kids and not be judged?

FA­VORITE CUL­TURAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE

I’ve had some pretty spec­tac­u­lar ones re­cently: the mind-blow­ing Anselm Kiefer Ret­ro­spec­tive at The Royal Academy in Lon­don in 2014 and a ma­jor Hierony­mous Bosch show at The Prado to cel­e­brate the 500th an­niver­sary of his death. There was also Doris Salcedo at the Guggen­heim in 2015— po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary done with such el­e­gance. Two years ago, my daugh­ter and I vis­ited Granada, and af­ter tour­ing the Al­ham­bra, I went to the Capilla Real

where they’ve kept in­tact the prayer room of Is­abella of Castile. Re­mem­ber that she lived in the 16th cen­tury, so the litur­gi­cal ob­jects and paint­ings, par­tic­u­larly those of Ro­gier van der Wey­den and Bo­ti­celli, were, even then, al­ready price­less an­tiques. Too bad you couldn’t take pho­tos!

FA­VORITE MU­SE­UMS/ART GAL­LERIES

Too many to men­tion! But David Zwirner has three spa­ces in Chelsea, and al­ways worth a look-see. Last sum­mer, I spent a very en­joy­able day at the Dia:Bea­con, a two-hour train ride from Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal. On the way, you en­joy glo­ri­ous views of the Hud­son. This for­mer Nabisco fac­tory now houses the mu­seum com­plex of works by sig­nif­i­cant min­i­mal­ists from the 1970s: Wal­ter de Maria, Dan Flavin, Joseph Beuys.

FA­VORITE WORKS OF ART

From the past year: James Tur­rell’s Breath­ing Light at LACMA and teamLab’s Crows are Chased and the Chas­ing Crows are Des­tined to be Chased as Well, Blos­som­ing on Col­li­sion at the Mori Art Mu­seum. FA­VORITE ARTISTS

Tough one to an­swer, but I would have to go with Ver­meer, Balthus, Joseph Cor­nell, and the Chap­man Broth­ers.

YOUNG ARTISTS WE SHOULD KEEP OUR EYES ON? There’s Cian Dayrit, who is cur­rently fea­tured at the New Mu­seum’s Tri­en­nial. Don’t ex­pect him to pro­duce ob­jects that one can col­lect, though. He leans more to­wards re­search-based projects with a nod to his in­ter­est in an­thro­pol­ogy that don’t shrink from so­cio-po­lit­i­cal state­ments. I also like Ian Fabro, for draw­ings am­pli­fied with tex­ture via sta­ple wire and dress­maker pins.

ALL THAT GLITTERS Clock­wise from right: A child’s tam­borin neck­lace; Michelline Syjuco cuff; mala­chite, sil­ver, and jade mask; an ar­ray of vin­tage Filipino ear­rings; T’boli brass bracelets. T&C

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